esQuire

esQuire

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esQuire is one-man show known in Detroit for his parody raps and sensational dance routines. If Eminen and Fred Astaire were to join forces, the result would be called esQuire, the boy who invented rap.

Biography

He's been called "the boy who invented rap." He's been called Detroit's fastest rising star. He's also been called lazy and unenthusiastic and is said to lack initiative. But that was by some square boss at a dullsville day job, so that hardly counts. "I'm too good for this," our hero retorted to that slight. Ladies and gentleman, allow me to present the man in question -- the one, the only, esQuire!

Coming straight outta metropolitan Detroit, the story begins a couple of years ago at a ballroom dance class at a local high school. At this point, esQuire, commonly called Q, had been rhyming sans beats for some time now. One night during the polka lesson, Q met Craig Le RoQ, super producer, and the world hasn't been the same since. Both sharing a love for the sublime and the obscure, Q and Le RoQ began building songs together with a foundation of old-school style, Stax samples, San Antonio sixties rock, bombshell beats, and wall o' sound production. To put it grandiloquently, musical history was begun and a star was born.

Fame first knocked in 2001 with the release of esQuire's first single, "The Boy Who Invented Rap" b/w "Maximum Utmost." Released on Tokyo's Punka Music, a subsidiary of Escalator Records, which hosts several sparkling pop outfits including Yukari Fresh, Losfeld, and Le Hammond Inferno, the 7" quickly sold right out of the box. A guest rap on the Losfeld-produced track "Let's Get Right Down to the Real Nitty Gritty" quickly ensued and was released as a split Christmas 2001 single with Yukari Fresh and Cubismo Graphico holding up the flip side. "The Boy Who Invented Rap" was subsequently re-released on "Punka Compilation 1" on Punka Music in December 2001 and on "Spinout 3," a mix album on V2 Records by the renowned and fabulously named Mansfield in 2002. In June 2002, the 4 song 12" EP "Brandy and Xanax" was put out by Escalator Records. Moving across the other ocean, esQuire celebrated the release of a single on England's Rex Records, a subsidiary of XL Recordings, in Februrary 2003. The accompanying music video made its debut on MTV2 in Britain. A follow-up single is soon to be released.

Back at home, the Motor City is no stranger to true entertainment, which is why esQuire's live show is already legendary in his hometown. Beginning with a bang opening for Canadian sex goddess Peaches in August 2001, Q quickly became one of Detroit's most sought after performers, because, quite simply, his show is the most! Featuring super producer Craig Le RoQ and DJ Dviant manning the decks, wild go-go dancers, the latest in hair and fashion, and of course, Q's switched-on vocalizations, this revue is fantastic fantastic. It couldn't get any better if Beck teamed up with Ann-Margret and Joey Heatherton on a Shindig television special.

Man oh man. The heat is on and the lid is off -- watch out now! I have seen the future and it is Q-shaped.

Lyrics

Brandy and Xanax

Written By: esQuire

I'm not a criminal
I don't pull capers
I'm minimal, I read Wallpaper
I like skyscrapers, get my pants tapered
And when I dance I'm a damn hip shaker
I like to have fun, I'm very tres amusant
If I was a dolly bird, I'd wear some Mary Quant
But I am a boy, I wear Mr. Fish
All done up I'd say I was delish
I'm on the good foot, I know all the faces
I like to do things and to go places
Cover all my bases when I'm at the races
Samsonite makes all my suitcases
I'm in the jet set yeah you bet
I got my brandy, I got my xanax

Chorus:
I got my brandy, I got my xanax
I got my brandy, I got my xanax
2,4,6,8,10
Pop the pills and count 'em again
248 to the 313
From the Detroit Zoo to the Motor City
I got my xanax, I got my brandy
I got my xanax, I got my brandy

When the day is through
You got a bad review
People stealing your crew
And you don't know what to do
Well I do! Take the pill that is blue
Sit back relax yeah I think you got the clue
Well, do you? Now take a sip of that drink
Get the euphoric feeling before you got time to think
It's like being in the clink
Of all the dishes in the sink
Relaxed, inpenetrable like a car from Brinks

Chorus

In a world of scowls, you're in the Valley of the Dolls
Like Lauren Bacall running loose in the mall
Are you being served?
Yes, indeed I am -- xanax, vicodin and percodan
I can work this man, yes I perp the scam!
While looking fly in my purple tam
Don't call the doctor, I see the dirty nurse
Pay her well?
Yeah, she stuffs it in her purse
Could be worse, I ain't got no addiction
Pour the Presidente and perform the benediction
Feel the friction and fear dissapear
Don't forget who turned you on to this, dears

Chorus

Discography

The Boy Who Invented Rap 7" vinyl single -- Escalator Records, Japan -- 2000

Let's Get Right Down to the Real Nitty Gritty 5" vinyl split single w/ Losfeld -- Escalator Records, Japan -- 2001

Brandy and Xanax 12' vinyl EP -- Escalator Records, Japan -- 2002

Viva Detroit! CD --self released promo -- 2002

Brandy and Xanax 10" vinyl EP -- Rex Records, UK -- 2003

Brandy and Xanax CD EP -- self-released -- 2003

Set List

DJ Intro
I'm Too Good For This
The Boy Who Invented Rap
Let's Get Right Down to the Real Nitty Gritty
Hong Kong Twist
Suey
Practice What You Preach
Switch Hittin' It
Boom! I Got Your Boyfriend
Pocket Pal
Spin the Bottle
Brandy and Xanax